Nurses invited to meet Prince Charles at palace  reception

Nurses from across the UK have been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in March hosted by the Prince of Wales

Nurses from across the UK have been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Prince of Wales.

The number invited is not yet known, but many excited nurses have taken to social media to post pictures of their royal invitations.

Nurse Zoe Butler, winner of the RCNi Andrew Parker Student Nurse Award 2017, was one of the first to express her delight at receiving the invite.

She tweeted: ‘I have been invited to Buckingham Palace for services to nursing. Words cannot describe my excitement! Such an honour – feeling very emotional!’

Nurse campaigner Joan Pons Laplana has also been invited. Mr Laplana tweeted: It‘s not every day that you receive a personal invitation from the royal family! #proud.’

The reception will take place on 14 March at 6.30pm, but the palace has yet to release details on the event.

It is thought Prince Charles wants to know how nurses on the front line are feeling.

The royal family has taken an active role in promoting nursing in recent weeks, with an announcement that the Duchess of Cambridge will support the Nursing Now campaign.

RCN mental health forum chair Ed Freshwater also took to Twitter after receiving an invite.

‘I have a long-running joke with the postman every time I get an official looking letter "oh, that'll be from the Queen". Today it was,’ he tweeted.

Nursing Standard is awaiting further information on the event from Clarence House, the Prince of Wales’s official residence.

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